The bane of world leaders, media reporters, and highly visible public figures is to be caught with "hot mic" or "open mic," as it is also commonly called. A "hot mic" occurs when a very public figure says something very inappropriate, not realizing the microphone was still on and the camera rolling. Take for example some of the gaffes by some powerful world leaders:
French President Sarkozy to President Obama of Israeli President Netanyahu: "I can't stand him. He's a liar." to which Obama replied, "...what about me? I have to deal with him every day."
...or this massive snafu by then Presidential candidate Trump in an interview with Billy Bush, that provoked bipartisan disgust and ire: "When you're a star, they let you do it." referring to some females' responses to inappropriate touch.
You may be surprised to know that "hot mic" snafus are not a modern day phenomenon because of technology, but indeed, have been around for...
Acrophobia, the irrational fear of heights, is experienced by thousands of people world wide.
For me, while I do fine in the comfort of an airplane, and while I find mountain views extremely exhilarating, the climb is where I struggle. Especially where the terrain is rugged, with sharp jagged edges and narrow paths that, one slip of the ankle could send one plunging hundreds of feet to his death.
I think of rock and mountain and rock climbers as both heroes and fools. My stomach twists in knots as they attempt to scale a sheer, gradient-of-minus-one peak. My heart exhales deeply with relief as they stand triumphantly at the summit with hands held high.
Christians who struggle with acrophobia will have some problems. We are expected to be mountain climbers and mountain conquerors. We do not have the option of staying low. We are expected to walk on high places:
"Yahweh my Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to...
Devotional time with Papa can be very interesting. Ever since I read The Shack I have shaken my Gandalf's image of God and allowed Papa to be truly funny, cheeky and instructive in playful ways, to make the bible come alive for me.
But there I was, all serious, reading Luke 6:38, "Give, and it shall be given to you, they shall give into your lap..."
So in a classic childhood avalanche of questions, I asked, "Give what, Papa?" And what "it" shall I get? And who is "they?" Is it OK for someone to put something in my lap?
That's when he retold a childhood favorite story of Jack and the Beanstalk—the poor little boy with a sick mom who sold his mother's only cow for a few magic beans.
"But Papa!" I protested. "Isn't it wrong to think of magic?"
Papa smiled. "Everything is spiritual, my dear. Everything is spiritual."
He continued with the story. "First of all, No one ever talks about the man who gave Jack the beans. Do you ever wonder...
“I will not take for the LORD what is yours,
or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing" - 1 Chron. 21:24b
When my daughter Jade was a little girl, she viewed any kind of poultry or meat with great skepticism.
“Is the chicken dead?” she would ask as I served a dish of chicken and rice for lunch or dinner.
“This is a trick question,” I thought. If I answered yes she wouldn’t eat it and if I answered no she still wouldn’t eat it.
But it got me thinking of an issue we had on our island some time ago where a poultry farmer was accused of selling dead chickens. This sounds a bit oxymoronic but it’s not hard to understand what that meant. Following a persistent heat wave, the farmer was apparently losing thousands of birds and in an attempt to stave off catastrophic losses, birds were being slaughtered as soon as they died.
Of course, if true, it would be a huge issue for health authorities. There...